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post #106 of 142

Well, Etymotic has done something no other IEM has done in my case (getting custom tips). I went to the Audiologist today and had professional impressions made of my ears and they are shipping those off to ACS. $35 was a special because of a deal they have with ACS, now I am waiting for ACS to contact me with how much I will owe them for shipping plus the tips. I am expecting another $150 potentially but I like the sound of these enough I think the extra cost for the tips will be worth it. Then I just need to resist the urge to go "ALL IN" on a pair of full custom shell IEM's. I think though I will be able to resist that urge as the ACS tips are silicone based which I think may be better for me as compared to hard acrylic shells.

 

BTW I have since getting my pair of Ety's sold 4 pair to friends LOL. Two head-fi members, and two coworkers who fell in love with my pair when I loaned them out for an afternoon.

post #107 of 142
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Well, Etymotic has done something no other IEM has done in my case (getting custom tips). I went to the Audiologist today and had professional impressions made of my ears and they are shipping those off to ACS. $35 was a special because of a deal they have with ACS, now I am waiting for ACS to contact me with how much I will owe them for shipping plus the tips. I am expecting another $150 potentially but I like the sound of these enough I think the extra cost for the tips will be worth it. Then I just need to resist the urge to go "ALL IN" on a pair of full custom shell IEM's. I think though I will be able to resist that urge as the ACS tips are silicone based which I think may be better for me as compared to hard acrylic shells.

 

BTW I have since getting my pair of Ety's sold 4 pair to friends LOL. Two head-fi members, and two coworkers who fell in love with my pair when I loaned them out for an afternoon.

 

On the Ety website, it's 100 for the tips from ACS (since they have a deal with ACS).  So you're looking at 135 total (including impressions). 
 

 

post #108 of 142

I just received my HF2, and having been a fan of the ER4S, I'm absolutely in love with the HF2, especially with the Klipsch ear gels! Detail and clarity is, as expected, simply stunning. Not to mention, they have just enough low enough emphasis for my taste. etysmile.gif

post #109 of 142

Just got my T 100 Comply foam tips and I feel like like the clarity has been reduced. It's still damn clear (roughly the same as the EX600 now) but not as clear as before. Or maybe it's my mind.

post #110 of 142
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I just received my HF2, and having been a fan of the ER4S, I'm absolutely in love with the HF2, especially with the Klipsch ear gels! Detail and clarity is, as expected, simply stunning. Not to mention, they have just enough low enough emphasis for my taste. etysmile.gif



Which model of Klipsch tips are you using that fit? I might be willing to buy me some of them :-). They would tie me over until my ACS tips come in.

 

STAXXX I notice a bit of less detail even using the Shure Olives, my experience is that Comply even suck a bit more detail out. Try this, flip the tip upside down so the extra foam is at the bottom and the plastic tube extended all the way to the end of the tip part going into your ear. This is a quick test that doesn't require trimming the foam off the tip and often improves the treble.


Edited by dweaver - 12/20/11 at 6:46pm
post #111 of 142

reverse the tip and leave the nozzle a little bit exposed, right?

Just tried that, with a full seal and it feels strange, I feel like a bit of the bass is gone, but the treble sharpness has returned.

post #112 of 142

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Which model of Klipsch tips are you using that fit? I might be willing to buy me some of them :-). They would tie me over until my ACS tips come in.


The Klipsch oval ear tips. Work like a charm. biggrin.gif

post #113 of 142
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The Klipsch oval ear tips. Work like a charm. biggrin.gif



Do they slide in and out of the nozzle easily?

post #114 of 142

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Do they slide in and out of the nozzle easily?


Absolutely, and they offer a deep insertion, yet they feel extremely soft and comfortable. Not to mention, great low end response as well. smile.gif

post #115 of 142

Thanks, I may purchase some, I'm afraid of trying the Shure tips as I've seen here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/568534/etymotic-hf5-tips/45#post_7955826

post #116 of 142

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Thanks, I may purchase some, I'm afraid of trying the Shure tips as I've seen here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/568534/etymotic-hf5-tips/45#post_7955826


There's an easy way to avoid that occurrence, by simply using ones nails to push the core of the olives upwards, little by little, until they are moved up far enough where they can easily be twisted off. However, as thin as the Ety's nozzle is, even then, there's always a potential risk. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; if ever you want to completely ruin someone's day, ask them to try and remove a few Shure olives from the Shures/Westones/Ety's. Simple as that. rolleyes.gif

post #117 of 142
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reverse the tip and leave the nozzle a little bit exposed, right?

Just tried that, with a full seal and it feels strange, I feel like a bit of the bass is gone, but the treble sharpness has returned.



You got it. Now if you like the sound you can trip the foam down to the plastic tube on one of youor pairs of Comply tips and put them on normal way so they are more comfortable.

 

X2 on what i2ehan said regarding Shure foam tips, you just have to be really careful removing them, I use my nails like he mentioned to get them off mine.

post #118 of 142

Wow just saw the post of the broken HF5, I think I will warn my buddy about taking the Shure Olives off his brand new ETY's. I would hate that to happen to him. If you do get Olives and they really do seem stuck grab an exacto knife and sacrifice the pair rather than forcing them, I did that once or twice with my SE215. Just not worth wrecking an expensive IEM over a couple dollars worth of tips.


Edited by dweaver - 12/20/11 at 7:34pm
post #119 of 142

Yeah, I'll trim them. These comply tips don't look like they'll last though.

About the Klipsch tips, do they fit snug on the nozzle?

post #120 of 142

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About the Klipsch tips, do they fit snug on the nozzle?


Indeed. Once they're on, do with them as you please, my friend, they aren't going anywhere.

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